For Angie Adams-Stephens, the proud owner of one of the newest Irish pubs in the world; the labor intensive seasonality of a catering company has been traded for a great bar with food.

The Road to the beach

Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Angie was always involved in the food and hospitality business – including a stint at the legendary Zingerman’s Deli where she whet her appetite for working in the hospitality sector.

After 20 years working in administration for the University of Michigan, Angie admitted it was time to do something different”.

Manitou Beach provided the ideal location for her dream of having her own place. The building didn’t match the ambition for an out and out Irish pub, but then again – where does? Angie maintained that “up north” feel with exposed logs and a stone fireplace. Lending itself immediately to the warmth and homeliness of a hunting cabin. In tune with the up north feel, the name was drawn from the Boot Jack region of the Keweenaw Peninsula where her family once owned a lot of tree covered land.

Support through the early stages of the business came from OSB Community Bank who owned the building Angie sought to open her dream pub. Additional support came in the form of the Michigan Small Business Development Center with whom she credits in providing advice on business planning and forecasting.

The menu focuses on good pub food and was created with the help of James Mason, a chef who graduated from Pittsburgh’s Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts who previously worked at the Lenawee Country Club.

We wish Angie and her team the very best of luck!